Oh gosh, this is going to be a MONSTER book haul. I kept putting off making this post because I was dreading having to face how many books (and bookmarks) I actually accumulated in less than half a year. But it’s finally here! And I’m sort of excited to show you guys what I’ve hauled in the past few months. But I’m going to warn you all now that this is going to be a massive haul and hence very long post. I’ll try to refrain from writing too much. 😛
(All of the books will have links to Goodreads. The bookmarks will not have links because they tend to get sold out and restocked at a frequent rate (therefore the links change too much). But they are all created and sold by Happy Hello Art on Etsy. I’ll make sure to have what they’re called on the site they’re sold in parentheses under the photo. So if they’re still in stock on the site you should be able to purchase them if you’re interested. And feel free to click the photos to enlarge and get a better look! 😀 )
Of all these books, I’ve only read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, which I borrowed from the library last year and loved so much. I gave it 5 stars and you can read my review here. I’ve also read both The Wind in the Willows and A Little Princess back when I was a young girl in elementary school. They’re fantastic-especially A Little Princess!
Oh and I did haul the new The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series via Bookoutlet. (I’m still missing City of Glass though.) Of course, I already had the old sets (which you’ll see later on in this post) but being such a fan I wanted the new ones, too. For now these are just chilling on my study desk (as pictured) in the room adjoined to my bedroom.
Books A Million
So in January that 3-for-2 manga sale was still going on (I’m starting to feel as if that’s not a sale anymore since it’s been around since Black Friday) so I bought a few more. I’m finally caught up with collecting Skip Beat, which I’m pretty happy about since it’s my favorite shoujo manga of all time.
And you guys may notice that I bought My True Love Gave to Me and The Queen of the Tearling. I actually already own both, The Queen of the Tearling electronically and the former as a review copy that was sent to me from the publisher last year. You can read my review of MTLGtM here if you’d like. I bought the The Queen of the Tearling because the physical form is breathtaking to look at; I really couldn’t resist. As for the anthology… I thought it’d make a great Christmas gift for one of my friends-that’s right, I’m one those people that Christmas shops year round. 😉
I picked up The People in the Trees because I loved/lamented over Yangaihara’s A Little Life earlier this year, which I’ll link a review here. And I was listening to Me Before You on Audible for a few chapters and decided to buy and finish it off on my own. It was so wonderful! I’m still trying to find the right words to compose a review.
So the only reason why I got Zeroes was because I wanted to find out who this Flicker was after Joey’s post. It was on sale for $3. You can’t beat that!
I love how simple and chic the Penguin Modern Classics. So for my birthday I went ahead and bought all the classics I’ve been meaning to collect for some time now. I haven’t read any of these but I think I’ll be pushing to read The Outsiders soon since it’s a classic everyone has read. Also I’m a huge fan of Steinbeck (he’s my favorite classic author) and I’ve read some Truman Capote when I was in high school.
I am aware there are like five books in this photo, but the ones I bought were the UK editions of ADSoM and AGoS at the bottom. I did read them already and I have reviews for both of those on this blog, which you can read here and here respectively. I bought the UK editions because I’ve been eyeing them for a while now (like since last year with ADSoM). ADSoM was originally $25 dollars last year but it was only $7. So yeah. Gosh, these sales… 😛
I’ve heard such beautiful things about Raw Blue. Also thanks to all the Aussie bloggers in the blogosphere, I’ve been inspired to read a book written by an Australian author for some time now. The only one I’ve read so far is The Fairy Wren.
So I read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart last year and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d buy the finished copy in the UK edition, Night Owls. I have no idea why titles are different but I prefer both the UK cover and name more.
So I had this awful (well, actually, good) realization that physical books are actually really cheap on Amazon (especially if they’re paperback). So I started buying a couple. I bought the Shiver trilogy because I’ve wanted these books years ago when I started high school and couldn’t afford them. I love how the text inside matches the color of the covers, which is very cool! And I got The Winner’s Crime and The Winner’s Kiss because I was marathoning the series mid-March and early April. (You guys wouldn’t believe how difficult it was for me to get my hands on The Winner’s Crime. Three local bookstores were sold out where I lived. A lot of people must have been marathoning the series seeing as the last book was going to come out soon at the time.) I have a review for The Winner’s Crime here. And I’m currently working on a review on the final installment. I loved it though! And I got the other books because I’ve been recommended them in the past and they were relatively cheap.
School Text (Textbooks Not Pictured)
Basically all the assigned text I had for this semester. (I had more (Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae) but I ended borrowing them from the library instead. Also, I decided not to show my textbooks since those are pretty boring anyway.) And I already have full reviews from some of them! I’ll link them here: The Homeric Hymns review, The Iliad review, The Aeneid review, Metamorphoses review. Metamorphoses was by far my favorite of them all.
So after my Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan Pop! Funko I was like “I need all my favorite characters.” Hence the splurge. I also got the Severus Snape one on January 14th, the day Alan Rickman passed away. #RIPAlanRickman #Always
Bookmarks (Warning! There are a LOT…)
Just because there’s Jem in this set I think these are tied in place for my favorite set that Happy Hello Art sells. I mean just look at him! He’s so cute with his cane. T.T
It was so perfect that Happy Hello Art released this set for the release of The Winner’s Kiss. I had to get Kestrel and Arin! I mean they’re one of my top OTPs now.
I’m not sure if any of you guys can tell but my current blog banner (and even the one I had before that many months ago) is from Howl’s Moving Castle because that is my FAVORITE Studio Ghibli production. Since I noticed Vivi already created some Studio Ghibli bookmarks for some others as custom orders. I had to put in a request for myself. And I am in love! ❤
People probably have mistaken me as a Happy Hello Art rep (on Instagram) or think I’m being sponsored… but nope! I just went
a little crazy with magnetic bookmarks ever since I was introduced to them. Some of these I even bought two sets of because I wanted to give my friends some as well. Like I said early in the post, you can get these all at the Happy Hello Art Etsy shop. Vivi, the shop owner is super kind and so talented. I even got a few custom made ones. The shipping is really fast; I highly recommend the shop. Feel free to enlarge the photos to see the bookmarks better. They’re all characters from popular YA titles or just cute images. Also, the teapot image (with the Howl’s Moving Castle book) I got that from my friend Savindi for my birthday. That one is from Crafted Van.
Adult Coloring Books
One of my good friends in real life gave me Enchanted Forest and after that I sort of was hooked. I ended up buying two other coloring books I’ve been eyeing for some time: Fantastic Cities and Secret Tokyo.
All the e-books I got were on the Kindle Daily/Monthly Deals. Well aside from Iron to Iron. I knew I wanted to read that novella once it was released. And I did! It was wonderful. I still need to write a review on for it though. 😅
As you all can see those were my stopping points before I switched over to reading the books on my own. Like I said, for A Little Life I only listened up to where I stopped reading back in November 2015 and ended up enjoying the story on my own. But the narrator for that one is simply fantastic. His voice is so soothing-the kind that is nice to listen to not the one that makes you go to sleep, haha. (And haha, I used Audible for like a month and then ended up canceling my membership. Listening to books weren’t exactly my thing. )
ARCs and Review Copies
Here are the electronic and physical review copies I received these past few months. Because of school I’ve been really behind, and I haven’t been requesting any (aside from Risuko, Eligible, and Summer Days and Summer Days (I’m actually part of the blog tour for that one so I’ll have a post up soon!)). Most were just unsolicited copies; and I won When We Collided in a Goodreads giveaway. (I was 1/5,000. I still can’t believe it! As I’ve mentioned in the past, I tend to not bother with giveaways since the odds are never in my favor for giveaways…) Anyway, I have reviews for a few books from this section. Almost Midnight can be read here. I also was part of the St. Martin’s Griffin blog tour for In Real Life and you can that review and post here. I’ve also read The Vegetarian which gave me Brave New World, strange vibes. I didn’t like it and I’ll be composing a review for that one soon as well. I’ve been slugging through The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions and I’m not really liking it so far, unfortunately. Anyways… I just want to say a quick thank you to all the publishers that sent me these!
Oh man, well we’ve finally made it to the end! (Now you guys know why I’ve been putting this post off, haha.) Anyway, I hope you found this post kind of amusing. Let me know what you have read and think I should add to my priority TBR pile! Until next time! 😀